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Bring change in values, approach to mitigate adverse effects of climate change: PM Modi in Maldives

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Reiterating India's commitment in fighting environmental degradation, Modi on Friday said that there is a need to bring change in values and approach to minimise the adverse effects of climate change.

"It will not be possible to adequately mitigate the adverse effects of climate change without bringing in changes in our values, approach, lifestyle and societies. The ancient Indian belief regards the Earth as our mother and all of us as her children," the said in his address to the Majlis, Parliament of

"If we regard this planet as our mother, we can only respect and conserve it, and cannot harm it. We should also remember that this home, our earth, is the legacy we hold for our future generations in trust, and it is not a property we own," he asserted.

Modi is in Maldives- his first bilateral visit after coming back to power. His address to the was one of the highlights of his two-day visit to the South-Asian archipelago.

Modi, in his speech, also applauded the initiatives by the island country to promote sustainable development.

"has taken several other exemplary initiatives also to promote sustainable development. I am happy that it has joined the The initiative to launch this Alliance, taken jointly by India, has provided a platform to several countries of the for taking practical steps to save our Earth," PM Modi said.

also highlighted the need for turning to renewable sources of as against the non-renewable ones.

"is a potent alternative for mitigating many adverse effects of climate change. This distinguished gathering is familiar with India's ambitious target of 175 GW of by the year 2022, and year 2022, and the progress achieved in attaining it surpassing all expectations," he said.

Modi highlighted India's cooperation in lighting up the streets of Male with environment-friendly LED lights.

"India's cooperation has lit up streets of Male with 2,500 energy-efficient and environment-friendly LED street lights. And over two hundred thousand LED bulbs have reached homes and shops in They will help save and and also cut has paid special attention to the needs and concerns of small islands," he said.

Prime Minister Modi's statement on climate change in the is significant as environmentalists have been raising concerns about El Nino which disturbs the weather pattern even as some meteorologists say the effect may get nuetralised by a local phenomenon in the

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First Published: Sat, June 08 2019. 20:58 IST